Tad Simons

Tad Simons

Contributing editor Tad Simons is an award-winning journalist whose writing on the local arts scene has appeared in the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, American Theatre magazine, BackStage, Variety and the Washington Post. Over his 25 year career, Tad has covered theater, books, music, visual arts, dance, film, and performance art (including politics). Tad’s articles and essays on these and other subjects have won more than 30 local and national awards for editorial excellence.

The Block E Art Project: Definitely Made Here

So, Block E—the saddest square block in the upper Midwest—has finally succumbed to the soul-sucking emptiness of its new reality, and the city, desperate to do something—anything—to counter the ever-expanding black hole of capitalism Block E has become, has decided to do what all cities do (including Detroit) after they’ve tried everything else: throw it to the artists.

Tad Simons' dog, Sarge
My dog, Sarge, Reviews the International Cat Video Festival

Because the Walker Art Center's International Cat Video Festival at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Wednesday night was such an important event for cat-lovers everywhere, I have invited someone much more qualified than me to evaluate the pros and cons of the festival: my dog, Sarge.

Does the MN Orchestra board want Osmo Vanska to resign?

If the Minnesota Orchestra’s management has made one thing perfectly clear during its year-long dispute with the musicians, the only thing it cares about are the numbers.

A piece of art from Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties at Walker Art Center
Review: Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties @ Walker Art Center

The big Claes Oldenburg exhibit—Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties—is finally open at the Walker Art Center, and, as Walker exhibits go, it’s definitely one of them.

Billy Crystal
Review: Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays @ The State Theatre

What is there to say about Billy Crystal that hasn’t already been said? The man has been part of America’s collective comedic consciousness for almost forty years, and is never far away from a TV or movie screen near you.

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